Born on December 30, 1978 in Watts Quarter, Los Angeles, California as the youngest of four children in his family, he, along with his siblings, was raised solely by his mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, after his father left them in 1983. This multi-talented guy first gained national attention when he showed up in the 1995 Coca-Cola TV commercial as its new face of the year upon winning a talent search held by its company, subsequently led him to other appearances for Guess? also Tommy Hilfiger.
Afterwards developed a successful modeling career, Tyrese apparently could not push aside his wish to develop a career in music industry, a goal he had aimed to achieve since he started singing at the age of 14. Already made his foray into screen production through one-time performance in several TV series, such as Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992-1997) and Martin (1992-1997), he then released his self-titled debut album on September 29, 1998 under RCA Records. It amazingly became a smash hit over the country in quite a short time, soaring to the top position of Billboard Heatseekers also the top 20 of Billboard 200 and ultimately was certified Platinum.
This initial attainment undeniably led Tyrese to gain wider public notice all over the country, moreover after he gloriously nabbed the title of Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist at the 2000 American Music Awards. Also became a Grammy nominee for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance through his single, Sweet Lady, in the same year, he continued to solidify his status in music industry, releasing two other albums, 2000 Watts (2001) and I Wanna Go There (2002), which both satisfyingly received Gold status. During this period, the tall singer also encountered fair success in his acting career as his first film feature, Baby Boy (2001), resulted quite well both critically and commercially.
Following the achievement of this gritty romantic drama picture, its director, John Singleton, decided to once again collaborate with Tyrese, thus cast him alongside Paul Walker, Eva Mendes, and Ludacris in his 2003 effort 2 Fast 2 Furious. Scored a fantastic income of more than 236 million U.S dollar worldwide, the flick consequently catapulted the 25-years-old hunk to .international attention, giving him larger opportunity to secure more high-profile film roles, like those in Flight of the Phoenix (2004) and Four Brothers (2005). Next billed to star in the 2006 projects of Annapolis plus Waist Deep, he took time to return to his original interest, working on a double-CD project entitled Alter Ego which was planned to feature R&B tunes on one disc and hip-hop on another.
Donell Jones is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is most notable for the hits "U Know What's Up", "Where I Wanna Be", and his cover of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet"